What is human nature? Is human nature good or bad? Can human nature be good even if the world contains some notably bad people? Matthew Walker (Yale-NUS College) looks at the views of the early Confucian thinker Mengzi (Mencius).
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Mengzi. Mengzi (The Book of Mencius) is a collection of dialogues by Mengzi (Mencius, 371-289 BCE), who was a major influence on the development of classical Confucianism.He was born in the kingdom of Zou (Tsou) in eastern China during the Warring States Period (480-222.
Although he asserted that tic was not "fond of disputation" (3B9), Mengzi (Mencius) was a frequent and skilled debater, who employed techniques such as reductio ad absurdum (for example, 6A3) and thought experiments (for example, 2A6, 3A5) to attack rival philosophical positions.
Content. The Mencius comprises seven chapters, each divided into two halves, with alternating short sayings and extensive dialogues on specific philosophical arguments. Its fundamental positions, such as Mencius' famous argument in chapter 6A that human nature is inherently good, are usually presented as conversations between Mencius.
1A7.8: As Jiao Xun notes (Mengzi zhengyi, Commentary on 1A7), the phrase “gentlemen keep their distance from the kitchen” is found in the Record of Rites, Book 11, “Yu Zao,” and in other canonical ritual texts. However, these texts were composed in the Han dynasty, so they may very well be quoting Mengzi.
“Mencius” is a Latinization (coined by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century) of the Chinese “Mengzi,” meaning Master Meng. His full name was “Meng Ke.” Our main access to Mencius’s thinking is through the eponymous collection of his dialogues, debates, and sayings, the Mengzi (Mencius).
Mengzi 孟子 is a collection of stories of the Confucian philosopher Meng Ke 孟軻 (385–304 or 372–289 BCE) and his discussions with rulers, disciples and adversaries. It is part of the Confucian Canon as one of the Four Books (Sishu 四書).
Bryan Van Norden's new translation of the Mengzi (Mencius) is accurate, philosophically nuanced, and fluent. Accompanied by selected passages from the classic commentary of Zhu Xi--one of the most influential and insightful interpreters of Confucianism--this edition provides readers with a parallel to the Chinese practice of reading a classic.
Author: Pamela Lee (University of Ottawa) Mencius (372-289 B.C.E.), a philosopher of the“Warring States” period of Chinese history, is the most influential Confucian to take up Confucius’theory of morality and humanist vision for a flourishing society. He developed a sophisticated moral psychology as an elaboration of Confucius’ ethic.
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The Essential Mengzi: Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary (Hackett Classics series) by Mengzi. Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format The Essential Mengzi offers a representative selection from Bryan Van Norden's acclaimed translation of the full work, including the most frequently studied passages and covering all of the work's major themes.
B. Mengzi's View of Ethical Cultivation and Self-Cultivation The story of Ox Mountain raises the issue of what sorts of things "fetter and destroy" a person's potential for virtue, so that one comes to seem like a "bird or beast" rather than a human. Mengzi stressed conditions directly related to physical well-being.
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Translations of the Analects, Mencius, Zhuangzi, other early Chinese texts, and various classroom teaching materials on early China.
For a long time, the book Mengzi was seen as one of the many schools of thought (zhuzi 诸子) and was only classified as a Confucian treatise between the Han and the Tang 唐 (618-907) periods. The Tang period scholar Han Yu, who has written the treatise Yuandao 原道, was the first to said that Mengzi was the real successor of Confucius.
Mengzi was a native of Zou, a small state located at the base of the Shandong peninsula. Traditional accounts claim that he studied under Zisi, Confucius's grandson, but it is more likely that he was a student of one of Zisi's disciples. Mengzi's teachings bear some similarities to parts of the Li ji (Book of rites), which tradition ascribes.
Mengzi (Chinese: 蒙自; pinyin: Méngzì) is a city in the southeast of Yunnan province, People s Republic of China. Administratively, it is a county-level city and the seat of the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, located about 175 kilometres (109 mi) south-southeast of the provincial capital of Kunming.
1. When the prince, afterwards duke Wan of T ang, had to go to Ch û, he went by way of Sung, and visited Mencius. 2. Mencius discoursed to him how the nature of man is good, and when speaking, always made laudatory reference to Yâo and Shun. 3. When the prince was returning from Ch û, he again visited Mencius.
Mengzi. Mengzi (The Book of Mencius) is a collection of dialogues by Mengzi (Mencius, 371-289 BCE), who was a major influence on the development of classical Confucianism. He was born in the kingdom of Zou (Tsou) in eastern China during the Warring States Period (480-222.
In 312 BC, the Ch i army was thrown by the Yen. With the frustration of the same and disgust of the Ch i s policies, Mencius was asked to leave the state. Mencius then for the rest of his life stayed in Tsou. He was accompanied by his loyal followers and maintained studying Confucian texts. The teachings of Mencius is secured in a book titled.
Translation of Selected Passages from the Mengzi (Mencius) ©1997 Bryan W. Van Norden (version of October 14, 1997) Mengzi was a Chinese philosopher of the fourth century B.C., whose influence on his intellectual tradition is roughly equivalent to the joint influence of St. Paul and Aristotle on Western thought.
the claim that Mengzi believes in metaphysical human nature is not well supported by textual evidence or historical context of Mengzi’s philosophy. First of all, in the entire book Mengzi, Mengzi has never said that moral development means to have perfect virtues in human nature manifested. On the contrary, he often emphasizes.